Global business cloud software specialist, Infor, has named Bega Cheese Limited chief information officer Zack Chisholm as the recipient of its first CIO of the Year award in Asia Pacific as part of its 2020 Customer Excellence Awards.

The annual awards recognise customers that drive innovation and showcase exceptional business results. For the first time, award winners and finalists were recognised at the digital Inforum APAC last week.

A panel of Infor solution and industry experts evaluated each applicant on scope and depth of performance improvement, quantifiable business benefits, customer focus and satisfaction, and technology use and innovation.

Led by Chisholm, Bega has been working to transform the technology landscape to support business growth and lay the foundations to better compete on a global stage.

Bega has implemented Infor’s Testing as a Service (TaaS) cloud solution to achieve the benefits from the latest technology while minimising risk. After implementing Infor CloudSuite Food & Beverage, the company has been able to further optimise a range of processes across the supply chain, finance and operations.

“I’m extremely proud to receive the CIO of the Year award from Infor, and for the recognition of all our team’s hard work at Bega Cheese,” Chisholm said.

“Infor has been a key partner in our journey to the cloud and in order to keep pace and manage some of the challenges we have faced this year such as drought, bushfires and now the pandemic, the team have been working hard to achieve the pace of change we need to support the business.

“We have hit many milestones together with Infor, and one highlight has been our ability now to script and automate our testing end to end and increase our pace of change. Testing our environment now takes 16 hours, down from 450 hours in the pre-Infor, manual days. This vast improvement has been a real enabler for rapid change in the business,” he said.

Infor ANZ managing director, Jarrod Kinchington congratulated Chisholm on his win and is thrilled that Infor was supporting Bega to optimise its supply chain.

“The Infor CloudSuite Food & Beverage solution is built specifically for the F&B sector. Its comprehensive system architecture has enabled Bega to accelerate its global supply chain and bring products to market faster. Bega knows that technology plays a critical role in keeping them agile as it continues to grow, and we’re so proud to help Zack and his team deliver stellar results during and beyond their transformation journey,” he said.